An artistic program to discover careers in the performing arts
To broaden its activities in arts education and awareness, the TGP launched a pilot program with a class of students in their junior year (16 and 17 year olds) at Paul Eluard High School in Saint-Denis.
Along with several professional artists and some of their teachers, one of the 16 classes of juniors at Paul Eluard High School will have the opportunity to form a genuine theater troupe by working together on a creative project based on the graphic novel “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan (published by Dargaud).
More than a simple introduction to the dramatic arts and choreography, this program enables students to explore a new professional universe through hands-on experience in various performing arts careers: directing, set design and construction, costume design, light and sound design, light and stage technology. To encourage participation and provide individual attention to each student, the closely supervised artistic work sessions are conducted in small groups.
The program will also introduce students to theatrical culture and practices through visits to the TGP that include behind-the-scenes tours. Students will attend three of the theater's productions, meet with the artists, and take music initiation classes to discover the world of opera, which are taught by an opera singer and harpsichordist.
To wrap up the learning and discovery process, at the end of the school year a collective work will be produced in the TGP’s grande hall. For some students, this moment will serve as a bridge between the program and a future career choice.